Friday, September 26, 2008

ADA Amendments Passed!

It's official, the new amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act have passed the Congress and the President signed them into law yesterday.

Thursday, Andrew Imparato, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities, stated, "Today President Bush has followed in his father's footsteps and taken a stand for equal opportunity and full participation for all Americans. I deeply appreciate the bipartisan leadership in the Congress that brought us to this point, and I thank President Bush for his leadership in signing this critical civil rights law that will make a real difference in the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities and chronic health conditions."

You can read the entire AAPD Press Release by clicking here.

It has reversed four Supreme Court decisions which were slowly eroding the rights for people with disabilities which were granted in the original law from July 26, 1990. This is a huge step forward for people with disabilities. I applaud the Congress and the President for getting this significant piece of legislation passed.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Oscar Did It!

Just hours ago, Oscar Pistorius accomplished his goal of three Gold Medals in the 100, 200 and 400 meters in the Paralympics in Beijing, China. He won the 400 meters in World Record time for the T44 category, to lower his own record to 47.49 seconds. For you non track and field aficionados, that's fast! The Men's World Record for able-bodied runners is held by Michael Johnson of the USA of 43.18 set in 1999, while the Women's Record is held by Maria Koch of East Germany of 47.60 seconds set in 1985.

You can read all about Oscar Pistorius and his recent accomplishments by clicking here.

It is his 27th world record. I'd say that's a great accomplishment for someone who has no feet!

He still wants to compete with the able-bodied runners in the London Olympics in 2012. We'll just have to see how well he does.

Right now, I'm sure he's very pleased with his three Paralymic Gold Medals. At least he looks happy in this picture from the China

Good for him!

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

What Do You Remember?

I used to watch CNN every morning while my attendant got me dressed, into my chair and ready for the day. I'll never forget watching live as the second plane came crashing into the South Tower of the World Trade Center over Aaron Brown's shoulder.

Like most of you, and much of the country, I spent the rest of the day glued to the TV and watched with horror as the day unfolded and stories began to fill the airways. It was a day none of us will ever forget.

Can you believe it's already been seven years? It seems like it was just yesterday. I'm guessing that may never change for me.

I would like to know what your memories are of that fateful day. What did you think on 9/11? Please feel free to comment.

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Monday, September 8, 2008

The Paralympics Have Started

For you regular readers, you know I profiled Oscar Pistorius, the "Blade Runner," in my May 23rd post and his bid to compete in the Olympics held last month in Beijing. If you haven't read it, you can click here and read the post.

He didn't qualify for the Olympics for his South African team, but he has qualified for the Paralympics and has started out in tremendous fashion. He already owns the World Records for the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes, and his goal is to win gold medals in all three. In the process he may even lower his own records.

He won his preliminary heat in the 100 today and seems on his way to achieving his goal. You can read an informative article from the China Daily by clicking here.

I plan to follow his quest. Who knows, I may put up another post to keep you informed of his progress.

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